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Sky Blues youngster nominated for Football League award

By Steve Carpenter 09/02 Updated: 16/02 10:26

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GAEL Bigirimana's breakthrough season with the Sky Blues has not gone unoticed after the youngster was shortlisted in the Championship Apprentice of the Year category at next month's Football Leage Awards.

The 18-year-old came through the club's academy ranks and has established himself as a first team regular in Andy Thorn's side after making his full debut against Leicester City last August.

He has gone on to make 20 first team appearances, taking progression in his stride and is also a regular face at youth team games, where he continues to support the younger players at the club.

Gael will come up against Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams, who made his debut against the Sky Blues at the beginning of season and Reading winger Jordan Obita.

"Young players are the lifeblood of League clubs and this award recognises and celebrates the very best, exciting talent developed at League clubs," said David Wetherall, head of youth development at the Football League.

"Each one of the nominated players has demonstrated his talents both physically and academically over the last year and I wish them all the luck on the night and for the rest of their careers."

Bigirimana will be hoping to step into the footsteps of previous winners which include Connor Wickham, who earnt a move to Premier League outfit Sunderland and current Celtic full-back Adam Matthews.

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